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Due to COVID-19, the McKay Scholarship team is working remotely.
 We are available by email during the workday Monday-Thursday.
Please contact us at [email protected] and we will be happy to respond.
 

The Public McKay window for FIRST SEMESTER of the 2020-2021 school year is CLOSED

The Public McKay window for SECOND SEMESTER of the 2020-2021 school year will open September 1, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

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DEADLINE FOR REQUESTING PUBLIC MCKAY 
FOR FIRST SEMESTER OF THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR WAS JULY 5, 2020

THE WINDOW FOR THE 2020-2021 SECOND SEMESTER WILL OPEN SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

***OCPS DOES NOT PROVIDE A LIST OF PUBLIC MCKAY SCHOOLS***

Any intents filed February 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020 were for the 2019-2020 school year only. They expired April 30, 2020 if not used.

The OCPS transfer policy outlines the guidelines for public McKay Scholarship options. The document can be found here. OCPS determines which specific public schools will be designated as McKay eligible public schools in December. Students who qualify for a public McKay Scholarship for the second semester are offered a school mid- to end of December. The offer will be sent via US Mail to your home address by the last week of December 2020.

Transportation is only provided for public McKay Scholarship students who are enrolled in the offered OCPS public McKay school.

There are no sibling transfers with the public or private McKay Scholarship program.

Prior to the approval of a public McKay Scholarship, the student’s data will be reviewed. 

Parents choosing the public school option of the McKay Scholarships Program are responsible for acknowledging and following the details below regarding public school McKay Scholarships. *Please note that in order to request the McKay public school option for the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year, intent must be filed after February 1, 2020 and before December 1, 2020. See the chart below indicating deadlines for intents, requests, and enrollment for each semester:



Grading Period
Intent Deadline Request Deadline Enrollment Deadline

First Semester
7/3/2020 7/5/2020 (closed) 8/14/2020

Second Semester
12/1/2020 12/3/2020 1/8/2021

***YOU MUST BE IN GOOGLE CHROME TO USE THIS FORM***

 
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  • Parents must complete the Public McKay Request form to request a public school option.

  • OCPS does not provide a list of public McKay schools because the schools may change.

  • Parent requests for specific schools will be considered, however school offers will be based on ESE program availability, transportation routes, student residence, school grade, etc.

  • ESE students who require intensive and/or specially designed services may not be approved for a public McKay transfer due to the need for a specific setting as determined by the IEP Team or 504 Team

  • Letters indicating final approval of a public McKay Scholarship will be mailed to families prior to the enrollment deadline above (remember the address on the School Choice website when you file for McKay should match the OCPS Skyward address on file at the current school)

  • After receiving the letter, parents may choose to have their child remain at their current school, enroll in the offered public McKay school or elect the private McKay option

  • Parents who accept the offered public McKay school must withdraw their child from their current school and take the following documents to the offered McKay school for enrollment ASAP (must enroll by the deadline on the chart):

    • Withdrawal form signed and dated from previous school

    • OCPS McKay approval/offer letter

    • Proof of residence and other required registration/enrollment documents

  • Parents who do not accept the offered public school may email the district McKay office at [email protected] and request a review to determine if there may be a second option

***Public McKay Scholarship students who are dismissed from ESE or 504 must withdraw from the McKay public school then must return to the zoned public school as they are no longer eligible for the McKay Scholarship***

***Parents must reapply for the McKay Scholarship for any Public McKay Scholarship students who want to go to a private school***

A private McKay student can return to a public school on a McKay Scholarship public option, however the parent must notify the district in writing a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to re-enrolling in a public school.  Refer to the deadline chart above to make sure the request is within the request deadlines for the grading period. Complete the Public McKay Request Form by clicking the orange button above.  A student who exercises this choice will need to reestablish eligibility by being in an October and February student survey of the same school year before being eligible again for the private school option of the McKay Scholarship.

Further guidelines regarding the John McKay Scholarship program responsibilities can be found by accessing the FLDOE Office of Independent Education & Parental Choice website at http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs/mckay/.

Florida's McKay Parent Hotline: 1-800-447-1636 

For more information, email the OCPS District McKay Office at [email protected].

McKay Letters for the 2020-21 School Year

McKay letter 2020-21 (English)

McKay letter 2020-21 (Spanish)

McKay letter 2020-21 (Haitian Creole)


Contact Information

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Beverly Knestrick
Director, ESE Supplemental Services

District McKay Instructional Lead
Amy McCormick

District McKay Staff
Sabrina Britt
Beth Hoover

Email:
[email protected]